Tonty, Henri de
- Michael James Foret
Tonty, Henri de (1649 or 1650– September 1704), fur trader and explorer, was born in France, the son of Lorenzo de Tonti, a banker, and Isabelle di Lietto, Italian refugees living in France. He entered Louis XIV’s service as a cadet in 1668, serving in several Mediterranean campaigns and losing his right hand in battle. To mitigate the difficulties caused by the loss of his hand, Tonty (also spelled Tonti) fitted himself with an artificial hand made either of iron, copper, or silver, which may have been articulated. ...